Peek-a-Boo Succulent Planter: Thrift Store Swap Reveal!

Peek-a-Boo Succulent Planter: Thrift Store Swap Reveal!

It’s that time of year again! The thrift store swap reveal is here! This is my second year participating in the swap. If you aren’t familiar with the swap let me break it down for you. A group of bloggers got together and were assigned one other blogger to send two items to repurpose, upcycle, and totally make over. These items had to be from a thrift store and couldn’t cost more than $10 total. Fun!

I was given Brenda over at Unique Junktique and sent her some lovelies I found wandering my local thrift aisles. You really need to see what she did with the items I sent her! Seriously though, it’s kind of amazing.

I have the great pleasure of showing you what I did with my thrift store swap items I received from Suzanne over at The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment (P.S. you really ought to see what Suzanne did with her items too). First, let me show you what Suzanne sent me.

The Items

Tada! My items are an old worn out jewelry box with missing drawer and broken music box, and a serving tray. Holy possibilities Batman! I took one look at my jewelry box and knew what I wanted to do. Consequently, that’s the item I’m revealing today. Also, I’ll show you how I did it.

The Reveal

Peek-a-boo Succulent Planter

Check it out! My outdated broken little box received some major love. Succulents are booming right now and I knew I wanted to turn this box into a beautiful planter. Not only that, but the missing drawer made for the perfect peek-a-boo feature into the inner workings of the planter! It’s a peek-a-boo succulent planter! Honestly, I love how this all came together. It took a little work, but boy was it worth it. My kids are constantly peering at the glass and watching the water trickle down when it’s time to feed the succulents.

How To

Prepping the Box

First I dismantled the box and tore out the entire interior, including the music box.

That orange fabric paper was the pits to pull off. I don’t know what type of glue they used, but boy was it effective.  I ended up using goof off and water, and scraping away at it until it finally gave way. But look at the adorable under side of the lid! Score!

The box was in rough shape. I sanded down a few spots and cleaned it up ready for paint.

Next, paint! I chose Cottage White latex paint I had left over from touching up my baseboards. It worked really well. I love how clean and bright it looks here.

Now, you know me. I couldn’t let it stay plain white so  I chose a beautiful stencil and got to work stenciling a design on the lid and box. The greens and grays look stunning on this planter. I love how it turned out.

Now assemble your jewelry box.

Prepping for Succulents

I had to do a little research on the best way to prep my box for the succulents. I didn’t want the wood to warp and get rotten due to potential water issues, nor did I want my little plants to die on me. Here’s what I did.

  1. Line the box with a plastic lining. I used a roll of the big plastic sheets you use when you prep to paint a wall. I glued all the edges down, but kept the “window” open.
  2. Cut glass and glue in place. I bought a replacement glass piece usually used for picture frames at the hardware store (8×10). I measured how much I’d need and cut the glass accordingly using a glass cutter. It honestly took me a few tries to score and break the glass, but I eventually got it. By the way, the glue I used for all of this is the Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft glue that dries clear. It’s magnificent glue.
  3. Line box with sand or small pebbles.
  4. Add bigger rocks, for air flow and drainage.
  5. Add cactus soil. It’s more preferable for succulents who don’t need tons of water to begin with.
  6. Plant succulents.
  7. Add more rocks if you’d like!

Don’t you love it?! I do. There’s no reason you can’t do the same. Run to your local thrift store and grab a jewelry box for $4 and go to town. I’d love to see what you come up with!

And don’t forget to check out the other fabulous make-overs from our gals!

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Stay tuned to find out what I end up doing with my other fabulous thrift item, the tray.







Popsicle Stick Valentine Frame

Popsicle Stick Valentine Frame

A simple DIY toddler project for Valentines Day!

A while back I was charged with the love and care of several little ones every Sunday while their parents attended various classes.  I absolutely adore my littles and, as you guys probably already know, I love figuring out little projects for them to take home, especially during holidays. So, For Valentine’s Day I decided to put together little popsicle stick frames they could decorate with stickers. I mean honestly, what toddler doesn’t love stickers?! I must say, it was a smashing hit. Not only were they covered in sweet valentine stickers, but so were their frames. Plus clean up was a snap, which is always a major bonus when dealing with toddlers.

Even my six year old enjoyed making one, or four. Now my fridge is super festive with their latest creations and I love it. Who says crafts have to be complicated? Bring on the simple!

Let me show you how I set things up.


  1. Large Popsicle sticks
  2. Glue (hot glue, Elmer’s glue, any glue will do… Ha! That totally rhymes.)
  3. Magnet strips (you can find these at Michael’s or any craft store)
  4. Valentines Stickers
  5. Glitter glue pens (optional). You can also use Sharpies.

How To:

  1. Assemble your frame by gluing the popsicle sticks into a square with two popsicle sticks on top and bottom                                  
  2. Depending on what magnetic strips you bought, it may already have an adhesive backing. If so, peel and stick the magnet to the back. Or glue it.                         
  3. Write l-o-v-e on the bottom corner with either a glitter pen or sharpie.  However, usually I gotta have a little glitter.                             
  4. Let littles go to town with stickers!

I mean honestly, does it get any easier? A little prep work gluing the popsicle sticks is all you need. Also, these would make a fun non candy Valentine if you feel the urge to glue…a lot. Plus, now you have fridge art. If you’re anything like me, my fridge is super full of astounding works of art already, but hey, now they’re framed!

If you want another great idea for a simple valentine, try these Melted Heart Crayon Valentines. They come with a free printable, because I love you.

Festive and Beautiful Christmas Yarn Bottles

Festive and Beautiful Christmas Yarn Bottles

Christmas yarn bottles: Inexpensive yet delightful dé

Hi everyone! I know it’s been roughly forever since I’ve last posted anything new, let alone did a new craft. Well, tada! With Christmas upon us I thought I’d share something simple, low-cost, and impactful you can do to add something festive to your holiday décor. Now, this isn’t my first wine bottle soiree but I love how these came out, so I simply had to share.

With black Friday and cyber Monday behind me my wallet and budget are pretty much spent. It is my tradition to add something every year to my Christmas décor stash. However, this year my tree decided to give up the ghost and we needed a new one. So out went my décor budget and in came a new tree (which is beautiful). I have to give my husband credit for these. He loved how my last wine bottles turned out and suggested I do another set. Oddly enough, I had some bottles stashed away and pulled them out (I know I know. I hoard craft items like a crazy cat lady hoards cats). I decided on my color scheme and off I went to Hobby Lobby.

After grabbing two skeins of yarn with pretty silver strands threaded throughout I hit the wall of shiny Christmas foliage and whatnots in a desire to find something to adorn my bottles once they were finished. I found the shiniest, silveriest (that’s totally a word) doodads plus a few gorgeous berry patches that were all half off! Perfect! I loaded my goods into my trusty mini van and headed home.

Here’s what you’re going to need:christmas-yarn-bottles-materials

  1. Wine bottles
  2. Yarn
  3. Glue

Funny note here, I had a bottle of craft tacky glue that ran dry halfway through my first bottle. My momentum was going and I didn’t want to stop so I grabbed my daughter’s bottle of Elmer’s glue and it totally worked!

How To:

  1. Clean bottles thoroughly, inside and out. You don’t need to remove the label, just the top wrapper part.
  2. Apply glue to the bottle in sections
  3. Wrap yarn

Honestly, it’s ridiculously easy. Now, for two of my bottles I ended up braiding the yarn to create that peppered look in the middle and base of the neck. I love how that turned out. The braiding takes a while because you need a fairly long strand to wrap it several times, but it’s worth it.


I also toyed around with the idea of adding galvanized letters (which you can find at Michaels) to spell N O E L, or  J O Y, but I decided I liked them better without. Feel free to use my patterns or make it your own.


Allow the glue to dry and top off with your choice of doodad or whatnot.  These are great for a table center or mantle. I’d love to see your beautiful project once you’ve completed it.


If you’re looking for a few more Christmas craft ideas you might be interested in a Sweet and Simple Nativity, or Popsicle Stick Snowflakes!

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Thrift Store Swap Wreath

Thrift Store Swap Wreath

Hi everybody! Welcome to my first ever thrift store swap experience! Let me start off by saying this was such a fabulous event to be apart of. You know me. I love anything crafty, especially the chance to revamp something outdated into something fantastic! If you’ve never heard of a thrift store swap, keep reading. Enough chit chat. Let’s head down to the good stuff.


Welcome to the 4th edition of the Thrift Store Swap!

If you are unfamiliar with this swap, organized by Lyn at MidMichiganMom, here are the basics. 14 crafty bloggers commit to buying and repurposing 2 thrift store items. For this edition, one item must be a wreath and both items must cost under $10. .

Sounds easy right? There’s a catch…they are not buying for themselves! Each blogger is surprised with what they must repurpose. So what happens when the unknown challenges 14 crafty ladies?

You get some out of the box tutorials!

All right? Everyone up to speed? Excellent! Let’s dig in to my fabulous items!

I was talking to  Lynn over at Mid Michigan Mom, who sent me a message a while back asking if I’d like to participate in their exchange. A crafting challenge with a wreath and a secret item to upcycle sent by another crafty blogger?!? Yes please! I immediately agreed and off I went to grab my items to send to my crafty blogger, Brittany over at DIY Just Cuz (you should click on her link and check out what she did with the items I sent her!). Not long after I sent my gifts, I received my own from Erlene over at MyPinterventures (oh and P.S. you should totally check out Erlene’s awesomeness)!  Here they are.

Thrift store items

How cute is that wreath already? It’s definitely Fall themed, but adorable. I almost felt bad for tearing it apart…almost.  Along with my wreath I was given three plain clipboards.  I brainstormed for a while deciding on my plan of attack. I had a vague idea for my wreath, and no idea for my clipboards.

Before wreath

After finally formulating plan I made an excursion to JoAnne’s Fabric to purchase the flowers I’d need for my wreath overhaul. I was pleasantly surprised at the beautiful choices they had for silk flowers, plus they were half off, which is always a huge win in my book.  Here’s my final transformation.

After wreath

Eek! I absolutely love how it came out!  A little spray paint, a few gorgeous flowers, and a needle and thread, and voila! I toyed around with several ideas for the sparkly ribbon and finally decided on the banner, and added a few beads for the final touch.

After wreath 2

Here’s how I did it (P.S. It was really simple to do and you should totally give it a whirl).


  1. Small grapevine wreath
  2. Ribbon
  3. Silk Flowers
  4. Berries and Stars
  5. Wire
  6. Spray Paint
  7. Beads
  8. Needle and Thread
  9. Fray Check (It’s a glue)

How To:

1. First I disassembled the wreath’s adornments until I was back to the bare grapevine. Cutting off that beautiful sparkly ribbon almost killed me, but I had to press on.

disassemble wreath

2. I had decided I wanted a white wreath to brighten things up and make my flower colors pop. I had a bottle of white spray paint lying around from other various projects and set to work. Spray painting a wreath is fairly simple. A few coats on either side and I was finished. I have to admit, however, that I began to panic a little after the paint was applied because I wasn’t sure I liked it yet. I even called my sister to ask her opinion. She assured me all was well with my decision so I pressed on.

spray paint wreath

3. I played around with the placement of the orange and white berries and stars. After several different arrangements I concluded that I liked the original layout best and put them back where they belonged and secured them with wire.

place berriessecure berries

4. After a speedy and very productive trip to JoAnne’s Fabric (flowers were 1/2 off! Yay!!) I began my floral arrangements. This took a while. I love playing with flowers and color, but you’ve got to keep it balanced and the colors flowing. After I had arranged a rough draft of my layout I plugged in my glue gun and set to work. Gluing took some creativity. My flowers had to lay a certain way, but still adhere to the vines and berries. A little trial and error with a few of the smaller flowers, and I had it down.

glue flowers

5. I couldn’t let this beautiful wreath walk away without at least some of that beautiful  ribbon to adorn it. I’ve always loved the little flags I’ve seen on other wreaths and thought it would be the perfect crowning piece. I made a small triangle template and cut out several triangles from the ribbon. I put fray check on all the edges to ensure they would remain intact.

cut triangles

6. After the glue dried I grabbed my huge stash of beads and got to work sewing my little banner.  I wanted to make sure the banner had a little weight so it would lay nicely once put on the wreath. I simply put my beads, pierced the top two ends of the triangles, and repeated until I had my desired length.

7. I attached my small banner by tying it on.

Voila! One beautiful spring wreath! I absolutely love how this wreath turned out. It’s one of my favorites.

After wreath 3

After my wreath was finished I moved on to my clipboards. I tinkered around with a few ideas, but in the end I decided on something sweet, simple, and colorful. Tune in next week to see my clipboard reveal!


Overall I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the exchange. I would encourage any of you who are thinking of trying something like a swap to go for it. It’s such a fun way to challenge your creativity, meet other fabulous people, and have fun. You guys know me. I’m always up for anything fun and crafty.



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Crayon Heart Valentine and Free Printable

Crayon Heart Valentine and  Free Printable



Well you guys, Valentines day is just a week away! I thought I’d show you what we decided to do for Alisynne’s class this year, crayon heart valentines! These darling hearts turned out even better than I’d expected, and talk about easy.  I had all three kiddos involved in this project and they loved it.  Emma came bounding down the stairs the very next morning after making these wanting to do another batch! Melted crayon heart valentines are an excellent option for those of you who need to find a non candy valentine.  Added bonus – you can get rid of that giant box of broken crayons you’ve got stashed in the closet.

Of course, I couldn’t just stop at the crayons. I had to make a darling printable to go along with it, cause you know, I’m me. Make sure you download it too and have your child (ok, it’ll probably be you) put together some charming valentines.

Color to crayon 4

Click Here To Download Valentine Printable

I cannot stress how easy this is to do.  Let’s get right into it.


  1. Crayons
  2. Silicon Heart Mold
  3. Clear Bags (I bought and used the transparent archival bags that are 3inX4in from Michaels in the party section)
  4. Double Sided Sticky Tape

How To:

  1. Peel and break apart a bunch of crayons                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        peel and break crayons
  2. Fill Mold                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fill mold
  3. Bake 350 degrees for 10-12 mins                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bake crayons
  4. Cool and pop out of mold                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cool and pop out
  5. Put in Baggies and adhere printable with double sided tape on the inside of each flap

TA DA! Come on, how cute did these turn out?! So Cute!

Crayon Heart valentine 1:1

Bonus Tips:

  1. If you find your crayon wrappers are ridiculously hard to get off, simply cut down the middle with a box cutter or exacto knife. Voila, easy peeling!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             use box cutter
  2. After you pop out your crayons you may find that some of the wax is still stuck to your silicon mold. Just pop it back into the oven and bake for 2 minutes and wipe with a paper towel while still warm. Super fast cleanup.

baked on waxwipe with towel


A Bit Of Everything


Welcome Home Wednesdays

Valentine’s Day Wreath

Valentine’s Day Wreath



vertical valentines wreathWreaths!! You guys, I absolutely love assembling a beautiful and simple wreath. They add so much pop and festivity to your doors or walls and are fairly simple to assemble (at least this version!). A valentines day wreath is just the ticket if you’re needing a little something more to add some color and adorableness to celebrate the day (or week, or heck, the entire month). Mine is already up.

This particular wreath I love because it’s incredibly easy to make all the pieces as well as adhere to the grape vines. I’ll walk you through the steps and before you know it you’ll have made a beautiful valentines day masterpiece! Let’s get started shall we?!








wreath supplies

  1. Grapevine wreath
  2. Felt
  3. Scissors
  4. Pins
  5. Glue gun and glue
  6. Berries
  7. Ribbon (optional)
  8. Heat ‘N Bond iron on  fabric adhesive (optional)
  9. Grommets (optional)

All right! Let’s get cracking.

How to:

  1. Cut and assemble felt rosettes. If you need some patterns (they’re totally free!) or a quick tutorial on how to make them click here. I made all three sizes for my wreath.
  2. Place and wire your berries onto your wreath. I like to make a mock up first by placing all my flowers on to get a good visual before I lock my berries in place, but you can totally eyeball it too.                                      berries on wreath
  3. Start gluing your rosette with a hot glue gun. Begin in the center with your largest flowers then continue outward. Don’t be afraid to mix small and large flowers together. They help fill gaps and add dimension and interest.                                                                                                        glue on roses
  4. Wire or glue (depending on what you choose) your accent piece to the opposite side (I found this piece at JoAnne’s and dressed it up a bit).                                                                                                             wood heart
  5. Add Ribbon (optional). If you need a quick tutorial on how to hang your wreath with ribbon click here and scroll down a bit.

I just love this wreath!  My sister came by and made one too. If you need a little help with what to add onto your wreath take a look at what she did!


St. Patrick’s day is headed our way (ok it’s only January, but still…) and I’m thinking something similar in shades of green. What do you think?


Welcome Home Wednesdays

DIY Felt Rosettes

DIY Felt Rosettes

These little flowers are fabulous! I absolutely adore felt rosettes! They are sweet, simple and fast to put together. For me, they’re a crafting basic that I’d like to share. If I’m ever in a bind over a project and need just a little something extra to make it all come together I’ll grab for my stash of felt and cut out a few.heart rosette

With valentines day coming up (ok, it’s still a month away, but still…) I thought I’d show you just how simple these flowers are, you know, just in case you need to add a little something more to your decor. You can use them in an array of projects; throw a few around the base of your flower vase, sprinkle a few on your mantle (one day I’ll have a proper mantle!) for a pop of color, glue some onto an old picture frame, etc. The possibilities for these little guys are endless! Plus, you can make them in any color that suits you.

I’ve made free printables of the patterns for your convenience, but feel free to free hand it (say that three times fast!) if you’re feeling daring!

large rosettemedium rosettesmall rosette


Download Large Rosette Pattern

Download Medium Rosette Pattern

Download Small Rosette Pattern


  1. Pattern
  2. Scissors
  3. Pins
  4. Felt
  5. Hot glue gun

Ready?? Here we go!

How to:








See! I told you it was simple! Get creative. Mix and match colors, double up, or switch colors halfway through!

Here’s another great idea for your new and fabulous flowers!

Twine wrapped bottles.                                                           Valentines Day Wreath     

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Sweet and Simple Nativity

Sweet and Simple Nativity

I was perusing Pinterest (I’m fairly sure 90% of my craft posts begin this way) when I came across some simple craft nativities. My ability to focus on other things (like cooking and cleaning) went out the window. My brain wouldn’t quit designing until I came up with this sweet and simple nativity.

red nativity

I cannot stress how simple these were to make once the color choices were made (choosing colors is the hardest thing for me!). It is three steps you guys! Drill, paint, and glue. My three year old’s have also road tested the nativity and it has held up famously.

I’ll give you the sizes of everything I used, but feel free to embellish and make it your own! I got most of my supplies from Hobby Lobby, and the small star from Michaels. Let’s get started shall we?!

Materials:nativity materials

  1. Two wood people.
  2. Wood rectangle 5 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  3. Large star x 2. 1 1/2″
  4. Small star 1″x 3/16″
  5. Dowel Rod 3/16″
  6. Large popsicle stick
  7. Craft lettering 1 1/4″
  8. Small wood ball 1/2″

Supplies:nativity supplies

  1. Drill with bit 3/16
  2. Glue (a glue gun would also work fabulously)
  3. Paint. I used white  and blue spray paint, Acrylics: Midnight Garden, Violet Pansy (folk art brand), and Kings Gold (craft smart brand)
  4. Paint brushes

How To:

  1. Drill a hole for your dowel rod in the top 1/3 of your base                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            drill nativity
  2. Paint your little people, star, base, letters, and popsicle stick
  3. Cut dowel rod to a 5″ piece                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               cut nativity
  4. Cut end of popsicle stick to 1 1/4″
  5. Glue small wood ball to popsicle stick, and dowel rod to star.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     glue nativity
  6. Finish glueing your letters, stars, and baby Jesus to Mary.
  7. Assemble your Nativity!!

red nativity 2

TaDa!! Come on, how cute is that?! These make wonderful gifts to give anybody this Christmas season! Give it a try and show me what you’ve done!

If you’d like another great and simple Christmas craft try these popsicle stick snowflakes!

How To Mend and Hide a Tear

How To Mend and Hide a Tear

Mend tearIf you’ve ever had children or are simply accident prone yourself (<—-raises hand) you will understand the necessity of learning how to repair torn, ripped, or cut items of clothing. This particular piece is brought to us in part by Emma!  My mother and father had just arrived for a visit from out of town and had brought the girls some new dresses. If you’ve read anything about my little Emma you would know that she is a dress loving fiend! Well, out came the dresses and off came Emma’s clothes. I had my back turned and was helping my older daughter into her dress when I heard it. That ever so subtle, yet incredibly familiar sound of scissors slicing through cloth. I spun around and found Emma sitting in the middle of the floor, half naked,  hunched over her dress with a pair of pink scissors she had yanked out of my Mom’s purse. She hadn’t even put the dress on yet! Not even once! I snatched the scissors and the dress out of her hands, much to her dismay, and surveyed the damage. It was a clean slice right in the middle of her brand new cute floral dress. Ugh! I held it up for my parents to see.  My dad smiled and said, “Eh, just put a button over it.” Brilliant! Luckily her slice was almost dead center. I could totally do that.  So here is one way, among many, to mend and hide a tear!

Supplies:tear supplies

  1. Item of clothing
  2. Needle
  3. Thread
  4. Scissors
  5. Button(s)

How To:

  1.  Cut a long piece of thread
  2. Thread the needle and knot the end.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    step 1 thread needle
  3. If your fabric allows, try to iron over a small amount of cloth  to make a “seam” (which I didn’t do….). This will help hide your stitch, This link  is also a great tutorial for a ladder stitch.
  4. I used a ladder stitch first to bring the hole together. Starting at the very corner of your new seam insert your needle and pull through, making sure not to pull your knot through.                                                                                                                                                                                       step 2a mend
  5. Pull the needle into the direct opposite seam where your needle came through. Sew about a 1/4 inch and pull thread through.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  step 2b mend
  6. Repeat step 5, going to the opposite side, sew 1/4 inch, and pull through until your hole is shut.
  7. Pull your string to bring your hole together (don’t pull too tightly or you’ll end up bunching the fabric into a wavy line).
  8. Knot your thread and cut. (I did a second stitch looping around the ladder stitch for added strength.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             mended hole
  9. Sew on button(s).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               PicsArt_1429070462454sew on button

finish buttons

Emma's finished dress

Ta-Da! A quick, simple, and stylish way to hide a tear! I know this won’t work for every tear out there, but this just might be a good idea for some!PicsArt_1430284333897 (1)